Webster heaven for King hell
Mark Webster plays Mervyn King in the first of tonight's Grand Slam of Darts quarter-finals.
Webster, the BDO World Champion, is the slight favourite at 4/5 to progress to the semis over King's 10/11 odds and rightly so.
He was lucky to qualify from the group stage having only won one game but produced a sparkling 10-2 performance to knock out John Part.
Tonight's match will be closer but displaying that form his confidence, and a little bit more luck, will see him through.
Mervyn King played tremendously well, under difficult personal circumstances, to fight back and beat Kevin McDine in the last round but that performance will have taken a lot out of him. To drive to Bury St Edmunds and back to Wolverhampton having buried his aunt and play in a big match like that on Wednesday will have been a drain - then again, it could be the inspiration he needs.
Webster to win 10-6 at 12/1 certainly appeals.
Gary Anderson's 4/9 to beat Darryl Fitton is a price that can only shorten. Despite James Wade's amazing nine-dart finish on the back of a string of legs won, Anderson remained resilient and won through. Fitton has played as well as we've ever seen him this week but it won't be enough to stop the Scotsman reaching his second Grand Slam semi-final. Anderson to win 10-7 at 13/2.
Raymond van Barneveld was good last night against Darin Young but he was not looking happy with his darts in the early part of the game at least. Had Young converted a few of his missed doubles early on the game could have been much closer and under that pressure Barney looks like he would have struggled.
Barneveld is too short at 2/5 against Terry Jenkins as Jenkins looked back to his best with some great scoring to beat Robert Thornton last night. 7/4 is the price for a Jenkins win but there's no guarantee which Jenkins will turn up on stage so some smaller staked wagers for bigger returns could be the key. Jenkins to win 10-7 (14/1), 10-8 (11/1) and/or 10-9 (9/1).
The final game sees Phil Taylor take on the rank outsider Simon Whitlock. It's a bad draw for Whitlock who might have had a chance against some of the other players on show but "The Power's" 1/20 speaks for itself.
Taylor to win 10-2 at odds of 8/1 looks like a bit of value.